Monday, December 29, 2014

Timmy's Review of the Twilight Series by Stephenie Meyer

I will rate the series and give a brief review of each book. But fair warning: I have seen the movies and they color my reviews. I did not like the movies as much as the books. The best movie was the last one and that was only because of a fight scene—a scene that doesn’t even happen in the book! So, if I was rating the movies alone, which I’m not, the series would be 2 marbles. The books were good. I liked each book and, as a series, I give it 4 Marbles. ~Timmy


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Book 1: Twilight by Stephenie Meyer

The book starts with us meeting Bella, a seventeen year old with parents who are divorced. Though she starts out living with her mom in Phoenix, she moves to Forks with her dad. She is very unhappy with this and whines a bit. (Sorry I had to add that)

Though she thinks she will hate it there, she soon meets Edward, and oddly falls instantly in love with the vampire. Now, I know that seems like I don’t like it, but that’s not true, I do like the book. There are things about the story that annoy me, such as: even though Edward is a bit stalkerish and very over protective, Bella can’t see beyond his looks. I think that is a bit shallow. Now that I have said that, let me tell you what I liked. I LOVE Jasper. Even in the book, and before I saw who played him on screen! He is a great mysterious character. The story isn’t about him, so we really don’t learn much about him, but I think that lends to the mystery of him. I love the romance part of the story. It wasn’t hard for me to get sucked into the story and feel right along with the characters. I give this book 4 Marbles. 
About Twilight:

About three things I was absolutely positive: 

First, Edward was a vampire. 

Second, there was a part of him - and I didn't know how dominant that part might be - that thirsted for my blood. 

And third, I was unconditionally and irrevocably in love with him. 

When Bella Swan moves to the gloomy town of Forks and meets Edward Cullen, her life takes a thrilling and terrifying turn. With his porcelain skin, golden eyes, mesmerizing voice, and supernatural gifts, Edward is both irresistible and impenetrable. Up until now, he has managed to keep his true identity hidden, but Bella is determined to uncover his dark secret. 

What Bella doesn't realize is the closer she gets to him, the more she is putting herself and those around her at risk. And it might be too late to turn back…

Book II: New Moon by Stephenie Meyer

In this book, Edward is an ass and leaves Bella for her own good. I hate when people do something and say it’s for your own good. Anyway, while he’s gone, Bella does stupid stuff so she can see him in her head. That is weird. Jacob becomes her best friend and they hang out a lot. He has a crush on her but she is still too in love with Edward to see it. I did like Jacob and the friendship they had together. I was thrilled to later learn about The Pack. I must say that the way she described the wolves was great. I had a clear picture in my head and loved the look of them. I also liked the stories about the pack and the other pack members. 

After that part of the story, the book gets good. We meet the Volturi and they are not people I want to meet. #Scarythings! Anyway, Bella saves Edward and they are back together! It was a another sweet romance story and added to that was Jacob trying to deal with his feelings for Bella as well. I give this book 4 Marbles. 
About New Moon

I knew we were both in mortal danger.

Still, in that instant I felt well. Whole. I could feel my heart racing in my chest, the blood pulsing hot and fast through my veins again. My lungs filled deep with the sweet scent that came off his skin.

It was like there had never been any hole in my chest. I was perfect - not healed, but as if there had never been a wound in the first place.

For Bella Swan, there is one thing more important than life itself: Edward Cullen. But being in love with a vampire is even more dangerous than Bella ever could have imagined. Edward has already rescued Bella from the clutches of one evil vampire, but now, as their daring relationship threatens all that is near and dear to them, they realize their troubles may be just beginning... 

BOOK III: Eclipse by Stephenie Meyer

Something that annoys me through these books is that Bella seems to only be in love with Edward's beauty. I mean, is this a girl thing or a teen thing? I’m not sure, but this seemed to escape me. To me, the person is way more important than the way they look. I think there must have been a “How to Be a Proper Teen” book that I wasn’t given on my 13th birthday. Sigh…. Back to the review.  

I liked the argument between Jacob and Edward. I also liked hearing all the old tales of Jacop’s pack. I mean, how is it not romantic to have two guys fighting over you? Any book wins with this scenario. At least for girls. But Jacob really disappointed me in this book. He was mean and hurtful to Bella. He tried to force himself on her! I mean, wow! And he says he would be the safer choice? I think not. Sorry Jacob, but you lost my vote in this book. 

So, the story in this book is about people who are disappearing and we don’t know why. But, of course, it was an army of vampires! Victoria has come back to play! I loved this part and the fight seen. It gave us more than just Edward is hot to think about. During the the pre-fight there is a time where Edward and Jacob spend some time talking in the tent. I really liked that part. I think it was the second best part of the book, and I’m glad the author wrote it. They, of course, don’t change their minds and still hate each other. I mean, they both love the same girl, but it was a cool scene. 

Now, the best part of the book, is when we learn more about Jasper! I have to admit, I cried a bit hearing his story. Good book! 4 Marbles
About Eclipse

In the dead silence, all the details suddenly fell into place for me with a burst of intuition.

Something Edward didn't want me to know. Something Jacob wouldn't have kept from me...

It was never going to end, was it?

As Seattle is ravaged by a string of mysterious killings and a malicious vampire continues her quest for revenge, Bella once again finds herself surrounded by danger. In the midst of it all, she is forced to choose between her love for Edward and her friendship with Jacob - knowing that her decision has the potential to ignite the ageless struggle between vampire and werewolf. With her graduation quickly approaching, Bella has one more decision to make: life or death. But which is which?

Book IV: Breaking Dawn by Stephenie Meyer

This book is, BY FAR, the best out of the series. First, the wedding and drama with Jacob, then the honeymoon where OMG! vampires can still get girls pregnant! LOL Sorry, had to! 

Anyway, they go home and Carlisle works to see what can be done about the baby and what it...IS. Rosa is all besties with Bella now because this is what she has always wanted and, no, there will be a baby! So, there is a huge struggle where Edward and Jacob are on the same side (odd, that) and want Bella not to have the baby. 

I loved getting to see Jacob's perspective in this book. Because Jacob is not willing to lose Bella, he leaves his pack to defend Bella against them. Seth and Leah join him and I have to say I love those two! Awesome characters. Seth is just great! 

Anyway, Bella has a horrible pregnancy and even worse birth where she dies. When she next wakes, she has a baby vampire, and Renesme is healthy and growing quickly. Oh, and Jacob has imprinted on her daughter. @.@

The next part of the book is all about the Volturi coming to kill Renesmee so they can acquire the vampires they want from the Cullen family. So, the Cullens band together and go in search of people who would be willing to stand with them. There are so many new vampires, all with awesome gifts, that Jacob's pack members begin changing into wolves by the dozens and even at a younger age. This whole part of the book leads us up to the big fight scene that doesn’t happen in the book but does in the movie. I must say, when I read the book, I was disappointed by that, but then I saw the movie and saw what would have happened! I am more than ok with no fight scene now! 4 Marbles. 
About Breaking Dawn

"Don't be afraid," I murmured. "We belong together." 

I was abruptly overwhelmed by the truth of my own words. This moment was so perfect, so right, there was no way to doubt it. 

His arms wrapped around me, holding me against him... It felt like every nerve ending in my body was a live wire. 

"Forever," he agreed. 

When you loved the one who was killing you, it left you no options. How could you run, how could you fight, when doing so would hurt that beloved one? If your life was all you had to give, how could you not give it? If it was someone you truly loved? 

To be irrevocably in love with a vampire is both fantasy and nightmare woven into a dangerously heightened reality for Bella Swan. Pulled in one direction by her intense passion for Edward Cullen, and in another by her profound connection to werewolf Jacob Black, a tumultuous year of temptation, loss, and strife have led her to the ultimate turning point. Her imminent choice to either join the dark but seductive world of immortals or to pursue a fully human life has become the thread from which the fates of two tribes hangs. 

Now that Bella has made her decision, a startling chain of unprecedented events is about to unfold with potentially devastating, and unfathomable, consequences. Just when the frayed strands of Bella's life-first discovered in Twilight, then scattered and torn in New Moon and Eclipse-seem ready to heal and knit together, could they be destroyed... forever?

Find Stephanie Meyer on Goodreads and her website

18 comments:

  1. Timmy, I could talk to you ALL day about Twilight! I'm probably one of the biggest fans out there. I think you can tell from my name which "team" I'm on. And now - you're the first to know why there's no "S" on the end of my last name. ;o) I laughed out loud (literally) when you said, "I think there must have been a 'How To Be A Proper Teen' book that I didn't get on my 13th birthday. Sigh. Back to the review." I'm so glad you are NOT the typical teen. You are SO much more fascinating and intelligent. Actually, you're more intelligent than a lot of the adults I know too, but I digress. It's hard for me to pick a favorite, but I always have just a bit more 'fond' for Eclipse and that's almost solely because of the 'tent scene'. The tent scene is probably the best scene in the entire series to me -books & movies both - and not just because it's totally adorable and all emo. It's actually a very meaningful moment. That Edward and Jacob can have a 'cease fire' for a few hours and come together over their similarities instead of their differences was huge. It's also what makes Breaking Dawn so awesome. Thanks, Timmy, for reviewing one of my all-time favorite series!

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  2. I'm glad you liked the review! It was kind of fun to write.
    <3 Timmy

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  3. Yay!!!! So glad you loved them!!! I LOVE this series! :D Great reviews, Timmy!!! <3

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    1. Thanks Lili Li! I love Jasper. :D
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  4. Fantastic reviews, Timmy. You rock!!!

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    1. Thanks Sandy! I had a lot of fun writing them.
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  5. Great review Timmy. I laughed out loud about the 'How to be a proper teen book". You are a great teen, a lot more insightful than a lot of teens and some adults I know.

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    1. I was trying to make this one a bit funny, but I really do think there is a book out there no one gave me.
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  6. Great reviews Timmy, you ALMOST make me want to read theses, but I really don't think they are for me :P

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    1. LOL! Come on Deeze! You know you want to.
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  7. I watched the first movie before I read the series. I really only watched it because it was filmed near Seattle where I'm from. But I have to say that the movie is what got me to reading again after many years. While I did not love the rest of the movies I did see them all. The books were much better and I have been reading non stop ever sense. Thank you for a very good review and the much needed humor my superstar.

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    1. Ha! Funny, you should talk to Nancy, because she has a similar story.
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  8. OUTSTANDING REVIEW! I loved this you had me laughing so hard!!!!

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    1. Glad you loved it! Thanks for stopping by and reading
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  9. Oh, my DOG™ you crack me up so bad! This is an aaaawesome review!! Loved this series, loved to hate Jacob, loved to love Jasper (happy sigh), and LOVED your take on all of it. I just relived the whole adventure in five minutes as I read your summation. Excellent fun!
    The best part with the movies was at the end of Twilight, there was that fantastic song by Linkin Park. Otherwise, I much prefer the books, too. (Except for Jackson Rathbone).
    GREAT REVIEW Timmy!

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    1. Thanks Anna! I love that this review made everyone laugh. I was a bit worried I might offend some people. Love that everyone here has good humor.
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  10. She whines! This made me smile. I really LOVE this series and the audio version too but it was not until I let them settle a bit a few months after several read throughs and audio plays and then I heard the whine.
    Excellent review! You have touched on the most salient parts of each book and I agree so much with your take on this! Bella does seem shallow but the characters are so cool! I wish there was a proper teen book but i think you would have breezed through it as you have such a muture pov. I really liked Jasper although my favorite was Edward. Did you read the Edward pov that Stephanie wrote but didn't publish (as far as I know)? That was cool too!

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    1. Thanks! No I have not read Edwards POV. I have troubles rereading a book in a different POV. It drives me crazy as I know what is going to happen. It's strange, I know, because I don't have that problem rereading a book I have already read! I'm weird like that. lol
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